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Devonport – The Arrival

G’day

We arrived in Davenport at about 19:00 on Monday afternoon and covered around 1850 km total on the way down, not including the bass Strait crossing.

It took us about 3 days of easy riding to Melbourne after leaving Brisbane on Friday morning.
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The trip saw us take the New England Highway south from Brisbane towards Tamworth on our first day.

We arrived in late afternoon to 43C heat and I can assure you the air conditioning was a welcome relief that night.

On Saturday we left around 06:00 and headed west towards the Newell Highway and West Wyalong, our next over night stop.
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Unfortunately, when we got to Dubbo I noticed the top box mounting plate had a couple of minor cracks developing in it.

Orphan, one of the people we were riding down to Tassie with, offered to take the top box and it’s contents on his trailer for the rest of the trip to Melbourne.

This is one occasion I was greatful someone was towing a trailer behind their bike. In this case a Victory.

As it turned out, this was a wise move as the photo below shows.
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On Sunday morning we crept out of West Wyalong and I pointed Bluey at Coburg for our final night on Mainland Australia before boarding The Spirit Of Tasmania bound for Devonport.
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Come Monday morning, we left our cabin in Coburg at about 05:00 and headed to the Port of Melbourne ready to board for the final leg of our journey to Tasmania
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The journey across Bass Strait took about 9-1/2 hours… and I must say we arrived remarkably dry for a water crossing 🙂

Tuesday was a lay day so I took the opportunity to find an engineering shop so they could fabricate a new mounting plate for me.

The new one wasn’t cheap, but was necessary, is much thicker than the old one and has some decent size gussets on it to prevent flex, which was what caused the original to fail.

Had I not spotted the cracks at Dubbo, it could have been very messy if it had let go.

There is something to be said about checking your bike at rest stops.

Lesson hammered home!

Well, that’s it for now, but before I go I’ll leave you with the view from our cabin looking back towards mainland Australia, or as the locals call it, the Northern States.

Cheers.
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9 responses

  1. Glad you got the mounting plate sorted. Losing luggage as it bounces down the highway would not be pleasant.

    Looks like some pretty views so far on the trip.

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    February 24, 2016 at 5:48 AM

    • Yes me too. I can’t expess how greatful i am that Orphan took the top box.

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      February 28, 2016 at 6:22 PM

  2. Looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip. Its been 12 years since I rode around tassie. I think its time for another trip.

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    February 24, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    • Its pristine. So much beautiful country, and the people are so friendly

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      February 28, 2016 at 6:24 PM

  3. Glad you caught the mounting plate issue before it became airborne! Also nice to have someone to carry it for you till you got it fixed. Looking forward to more posts! 🙂

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    February 25, 2016 at 7:47 AM

  4. LB

    So glad you found a moment to post! I’ve been thinking about you all and your trip.
    The biking community is a good one, with someone always willing to lend a hand when needed.
    Continue to enjoy and ride safe!
    Love that view 🙂

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    March 6, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    • Thank you Laurie. This is just one of many… I love this place for its scenery and diversity

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      March 6, 2016 at 6:42 PM

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